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The town of Santa Ponsa, in the municipality of Calvia, is one of the historical sites of Mallorca, and it was here that Jaume I planted its flag, and marked the beginning of the Christian conquest by the Catalan-Aragonese crown, snatching Muslims Almohads.

The town of Santa Ponsa, in the municipality of Calvia, is one of the historical sites of Mallorca, and it was here that Jaume I planted its flag, and marked the beginning of the Christian conquest by the Catalan-Aragonese crown, snatching Muslims Almohads. The first Wednesday of September 1229, “James I the Conqueror”, leading an army of 16,500 men (1,500 men and 15,000 laborers), and a fleet of 160 ships sailed from the Catalan ports of Tarragona, Salou and Cambrils. Don James was heading to the island of Mallorca with a clear purpose: conquest. He would not dismount in the effort, moved by the desire to end piracy and build “a regne dins the sea” (a kingdom in the sea). The September 10, 1229, Jaume I landed with his hosts at one end of the bay of Santa Ponsa, producing a first skirmish with Muslim troops. Two days after the first battle was fought, called Santa Ponsa, seeing Muslims on the need to withdraw to the capital, seeking refuge from the walls of Palma. After a siege of three months, the city finally surrendered to catalanoaragonesas troops. Subsequently, also fall towns Bunyola, Arta and Manacor. In the Battle of Santa Ponsa, William and Ramón de Moncada brothers died.

Situated on a hill, and one end of the beach of Santa Ponsa, is the Cross Landing, testifying today what was the most important page in the history of our islands. It was built in 1929 to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the conquest of Mallorca. In 1975 it was destroyed by lightning and later rebuilt. At its base several scenes of the Reconquista are represented. At the foot, a nice veranda with great views of the Bay of Santa Ponsa.